(b. ca. 1400, Vicchio nell Mugello, d. 1455, Roma)
Deposition from the Cross (detail)1437-40
Tempera on panel
Museo di San Marco, Florence
In this detail the towered buildings confirm the landscape as Italian. The hills stretch out into the distance, softened and smoothed by the light, peppered with gleaming villages and farmhouses. The foreground rocks are insufficiently distant to be mellowed, and are shown with all their facets and angularity. A row of trees again screens the landscape, emphasizing its distance.